Sindhudurg airport authorities on Wednesday conducted a trial flight successfully ahead of the launch of operations likely in December.
A 10-seater Falcon 2000 plane with three crew members landed "successfully" at around 11.50 am Wednesday, an IRB spokesperson said, adding the return flight departed at 2 pm.
The commercial flights from the airport are expected to start from December, an official statement said.
"A familiarisation flight from Mumbai to Sindhudurg landed today at Parule Chipi greenfield airport in Sindhudurg district of the Konkan region of Maharashtra," it added.
With this successful test flight, access to the Konkan coast of Maharashtra will become easier and some of the state's top tourist attractions will become accessible to visitors from all over India, it said.
Civil aviation minister Suresh Prabhu, who belongs to the Konkan region, in a tweet said that he had targeted the trial landing flight ahead of the Ganesh Chaturthi festival in the state from the day he took charge.
"Day took charge @MoCA_GoI ordered #Sindhudurg airport trial flight landing to happen on Day before #GaneshaChaturthi, constant follow up, relentless efforts result in flight landing today," Prabhu said in the tweet.
According to the statement, Prabhu has asked the airport management company and state government to resolve the pending issues related to ILS (instrument landing system) installation and VOR (omnidirectional range) installation so that regular operations may begin on the scheduled time.
The Rs 520-crore airport is being constructed by city-based road developer IRB on a design-build-finance-operate-transfer basis for the Maharashtra Industrial Development Corporation.
State tourism minister Jaykumar Rawal had early last month said the airport was expecting international chartered flights besides domestic services once it gets functional.
"We are also expecting a chartered flight at Sindhudurg from Malta in December," he had said.
With a 2,500-metre long runway, the airport will have a capacity to handle 200 departing and 200 arriving passengers during peak hours.
First Published: IST